Worth reading…

…from Open Democracy this essay by Saskia Sassen describes emerging ‘tertiary spaces’ between the national and the global in which different actors engage. While her focus is more formal institutions, she also acknowledges that diffuse informal examples also exist – many refugee diasporas fit this description.

…from Spiked Online this article reports back from the first meeting of the Migration Parliamentary Group – and with little optimism. Yet, with the author recently launching Spiked’s open borders campaign, her disappointment with the tone and content of the meeting is perhaps unsurprising.

…from The Observer this comment piece discusses the ‘cultural relativism’ adopted by Western governments, commentators and corporations in refusing to take a stand on China’s human rights record. Is this a fair criticism, or is realpolitik pragmatism a necessary tactic in diplomatic relations with hugely influential nations like this?